By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and a longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteerAn earlier post of mine, "My Crazy Uncle," expressed my thoughts as a retired psychiatrist with forensic experience about what I thought was the psychiatric affliction that our then President...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and a longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteerAmerica is now at the 1 million mark of its citizenry who have died due to the COVID pandemic. This is more than the number of Americans who died in the Civil War and World War II combined and...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and a longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteerThe “United” States of America, “the home of the free and the land of the brave”, is in crisis. The vision of our nation being a “melting pot” is that people of different ethnicities and...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and a longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteerThere are many words that help describe the characteristics one might desire in quality human relationships. These would certainly include “trust” as well as having a “covenantal commitment” to...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and a longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteerSome people pray to God believing literally that their message will be heard by a supreme being who will respond. Others, termed agnostics, believe that the existence of a supreme being is not...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteerNearly everyone in America today is struggling with some aspect of emotional instability. And we all appreciate that the alterations in our lives from the combination of a world-wide pandemic as...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteer.The term positive psychology means consciously altering one’s mind to experience things through a positive perspective, not in a fixed or negative way. This conscious effort of shifting...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteer.The field of human psychology is still in its infancy. It was but a mere century ago in 1923 that Sigmund Freud posited his theory of the human psyche in the simple terms of “id, ego, and...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteer.The origins and struggles of people with addictive conditions has been poorly understood in our modern world. Addicts to various substances have been criminalized, punished, imprisoned, and...
By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteer.None of us will likely return to our lives as we knew them prior to the pandemic. In addition to whatever normal aging or health challenges that arose regardless of the pandemic, the fragility of...

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